Well written, targeted and timely thank you notes are a great way to show that you care about a job opportunity and appreciate the interviewer’s time.
The individual you interview with will either appreciate the effort or they won’t care. As long as the thank you note is personalized and well written, it won’t hurt your chances of getting the position. It could also be a deciding factor between you and another candidate.
Here are a few tips to make sure you send a well written and appealing thank you note, each and every time:
- Email your thank you note between 4 to 48 hours after you have interviewed. If you send it within an hour, you can seem a bit overeager, and if you send it more than two days later, it may be too late.
- Thank you notes should be short. Aim for no more than three paragraphs and less than half a page.
- Make sure to thank the interviewer for their time.
- Include a sentence about the value you can bring to the position.
- Make note of something unique (and positive) about the company that was discussed during the interview. For example, “I really enjoyed learning about the six week training program that [company name] created.”
- Review the thank you note carefully before sending.
- Don’t expect a response. Most interviewers will not respond to your thank you email.
- Save a copy of your thank you note for future reference (and to use as a base template for future thank you’s)!
Thank you notes take a bit of time, but are absolutely worth sending out as they can help cement the positive impression you made during your interview.